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Free To A Good Home

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Wheelbarrow

In our little community, usable but unwanted items are put out next to the street. Invariably, someone will come along and claim them. We bought a smaller wheelbarrow because this behemoth was too much for me to handle. Mr. M made the cute little sign and put it next to the street. When we got up the next  day, sure enough, it was gone. I hope it has a good new home!

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A Lasting Reminder of the Oldest Profession

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Brothel-distance
One of the best remnants of Roman ruins in Ephesus is this Brothel

I recently posted about the unique Roman toilets here. The toilets are part of a massive complex called the State Agora in Ephesus, Turkey. One of the main streets is Marble Street, which is covered with guess what? That’s right: Marble slabs, as far as the eye can see! One of the marble slabs looks like this: Read the rest of this entry »

You know about the Roman Baths , but do you know about the Roman Loo?

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Roman Baths in Ephesus
Roman Baths in Ephesus

The Romans were fond of their baths and everywhere they conquered and settled they built remarkable communal baths. These baths were centers of socialization and health treatments and usually consisted of several huge pools of varying temperatures. Their ruins still stand all over Europe and the Mediterranean today. Mr. M and I have seen the remnants of Roman baths from England to Ephesus (Turkey). Everyone has heard about these Roman  baths and how ingenious the heating of the caldarium and tepidarium was. But I found that the communal Roman loo (toilet) was really amazing. Yes, communal bathrooms! Those Romans were REALLY social! Read the rest of this entry »

A Visit to Palestine

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Did you think I was absorbed by Photoshop Elements? Nah! I just have been busy. I did find some time to work on some of my photos so I want to share some of them. Recently, I posted about our trip to Israel. Part of our visit last year included a trip to Palestine, including Bethlehem. I have a few photos from there to share with you. Having lived in Mexico with the great border fence dividing the United States from Mexico, I was very interested in this wall:

The wall between Palestine and Israel
The wall between Palestine and Israel

As you can see this was taken from the Palestine side of the wall. Read the rest of this entry »